Lindsay Gray Carlson

Research Associate

Lindsay came to GMRI in April of 2019 as a Quantitative Research Technician for the Ecosystem Modeling Lab where she is studying the relationship between ecosystem conditions and Atlantic salmon growth and survival during the marine phase.

Prior to joining GMRI, Lindsay received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Montana Tech and a Master of Science in Ecology from Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources. At Utah State, her MS work focused on 1) the effects of phenologic mismatch and seasonal advancement on changes in the quality of forage used by migratory avian herbivores on the breeding grounds and 2) the effects of climatic warming on the community ecology of coastal wetland vegetation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of Alaska.

Post degree, she went on to work as a research assistant for the University of Arkansas Forest Resources Center where she used mark-recapture data to determine how climatic factors affect timing of migration, winter distribution, and wintering site fidelity of mallards in the Mississippi Flyway. She also spent two summers/falls doing ecological field research throughout coastal Alaska for USGS, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Lindsay’s claims to fame are working on the coast of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas in one summer and seeing the coveted “eider-quadfecta” (Steller’s, spectacled, king, and Pacific common eider) in one long, Arctic day.